Bus goes up in flames

VEHICLE owners and drivers are being warned to check their vehicles properly before moving on our roads. Supervising Kukum Traffic Director Brian Surimalefo made this call after a public bus was burnt to ashes yesterday at the Bahai area in Honiara. He added it is drivers’ responsibility to check vehicles each day before moving. The…

JANUS ARE TRAINED

Police chief clarifies doubts over anti-corruption team By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN MEMBERS of the anti-corruption taskforce JANUS have gone through trainings in anti-corruption investigations before the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) left. Police Commissioner Matthew Varley revealed this when reporters asked him yesterday about rumours that members of the taskforce lacked trainings on certain…

West Papua petition vote to go to UN

PACNEWS: WEST Papuan independence campaigners are set to petition the United Nations, with signatures of people inside the Indonesian province, when the General Assembly sits later this month. They’ve said obtaining the endorsements came at great risk to all involved. The journey to New York went via Geneva in late August when a British team…

No evidence in SINU sex allegation

THE management of Solomon Islands National University has denied any knowledge of social media rumours alleging sexual relations between certain lecturers and female students. A spokesman from the office of the Vice Chancellor said:  “There has been no evidence to support the ongoing investigation by the SINU management on allegations of sexual relationship between certain…

Lai hails team

PRESIDENT of the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) William Lai has congratulated the senior national football team for their fine performance over the mighty All Whites. Lai made the comment following the 2-2 draw against the professional side in their return match at the Lawson Tama stadium in front of jam packed home fans. “While…

Police arrest rape suspect

NAHA police have arrested a male suspect for allegedly raping a 33-year-old disabled female over the weekend at Lau Valley, East Honiara. The arrest was made after the male suspect was apprehended by the woman’s relatives and brought to the Naha Police Station. RSIPF Sexual Assault Squad investigators assisted Naha CID officers to interview the…

40 to receive Australian awards in 2018

FORTY Solomon Islands students will study in universities both in Australia and the Pacific region in 2018 under Australia Awards Scholarships. The Australia Awards program provides successful applicants with the skills and knowledge to drive change and influence economic and social development in Solomon Islands. The awards covers travel, health insurance, living allowances, tuition fees…

Father breaks arm celebrating

A FATHER of four broke his left arm on Sunday when celebrating Fathers’ Day without his family. The man started drinking on Friday afternoon till Sunday when he fell into a drain and hit a log beside his house at Henderson, East Honiara. His wife said that her husband is a drunkard; he always spend…

Blue boat appeal went unheeded

AN appeal to the government not to destroy the three Vietnamese blue boats has not been heeded. Managing Director of Treasure Islands Export, Henry Star Dora, recently wrote a letter to the government requesting the boats not to be destroyed. A copy of the letter dated 27/08/2017, addressed to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine…

SICCI welcomes tax review

THE Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) has commended the national government for commencing work to undertake a tax review consultation that involves a wide scope of stakeholders including private sector groups. SICCI, as the peak body representing the private sector, has always advocated for tax reform and the review is a step…